The Boonville Lady Pirates basketball team had no reason to think Friday night’s game against the Mexico Bulldogs was going to be any different than the first meeting back on December 1st.
While the Lady Pirates came away with the win against Mexico 55-53, the feeling after the game was one of disappointment while allowing the Bulldogs to rally from double figures to cut the lead to two.
Fast forward to Friday night’s game at the Windsor gymnasium. With a packed house to watch the two NCMC schools go at it, the Lady Pirates made sure of no comeback attempt this time while leading Mexico from start to finish for a convincing 56-26 victory.
HUNZIKER SAYS TEAM PLAYED BOTH WELL AND SLOPPY AT TIMES
“I thought we had great defensive effort tonight by not letting them score double digits in any quarter. Offensively we have to be tougher with the basketball and make some better decisions. Even though we like pushing the ball and playing fast we don’t want to be out of control and make undisciplined plays. We had a lot of balanced scoring tonight with many girls scoring between 5-10 points. All 10 girls got in the scoring column which is great to see.”
ABBIE LEMMONS LEADS
BALANCED SCORING
Boonville senior Abbie Lemmons did her part for the Lady Pirates by coming off the bench to lead the team in scoring with 10 points. However, Lemmons wasn’t just offense. She also had four steals, four assists and one rebound on the night.
Millie Moyer tossed in nine points, two rebounds, two steals and two assists while Jessica Luscombe also came off the bench to score eight points along with three rebounds, two steals and one assist. Paige Renfrow finished the game with seven points, seven rebounds, one steal and one assist while Jamie Lemmons added seven points and eight rebounds, Hannah Fuemmeler with five points, six rebounds and one assist, Brynn Edwards with five points, three assists, one rebound and one steal, Camryn Monteer with three points and two steals, Cali Jo McAreavy with two points, two steals and one rebound and Kyla Johnson with two points and two rebounds.
For Mexico, Adria Costley had 16 points.
LADY PIRATES DOMINATE THE FIRST QUARTER
The Boonville Lady Pirates couldn’t have asked for a better start and an even better finish to the first quarter. While leading Mexico 6-3 after almost three minutes of basketball, the Lady Pirates also closeout the period with a 7-0 run to lead the Bulldogs by a score of 16-6.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville hit 6 of nine shots from the field in the period or 1 of 2 shots from the three-point line.
The Lady Pirates also limited Mexico to just one shot each trip down the floor while out-rebounding the Bulldogs 7-1.
BOONVILLE DOUBLES SCORING OUTPUT AGAINST MEXICO
Boonville outscored Mexico 10-5 in the second quarter to lead at the half by a score of 26-11.
Although the Lady Pirates cooled off somewhat in the period by hitting just four of 17 shots from the field and 1 of 5 from the arc, they were still able to lead Mexico by double digits for most of the quarter. Boonville’s biggest lead also came at the 2:16 mark when Millie Moyer hit a three to make it 26-11.
Moyer also had the hot hand in the first half for Boonville with nine points.
LADY PIRATES MAINTAIN LEAD
AGAINST MEXICO
The second half was all about maintaining the lead over Mexico and not allowing the Lady Bulldogs to rally back like in the first meeting.
Mission accomplished. While the Lady Pirates outscored Mexico 13-7, they also closed out the period with a 6-0 run to extend the lead to 21 at 39-18.
Defense was also the name of the game for Boonville in the period as the Lady Pirates held Mexico to just two field goals.
FINISH
After dominating the game for the first-three quarters, the Lady Pirates still had to finish the game against Mexico. With just eight minutes separating Boonville from another victory, the Lady Pirates again left little doubt by outscoring Mexico 17-8 to win the game by 30.
Boonville also forced a running clock in the final two minutes after two free throws by junior Hannah Fuemmeler to make it 56-26.
Fuemmeler’s free throws also capped off a 6-0 run by the Lady Pirates and equaled an earlier 6-0 run during a minute stretch.
SHOOTING
The Lady Pirates were nails at the foul line by hitting 14 of 17 shots for 82 percent, which is quite a bit better than Monday’s game at Southern Boone, where they were only 7 of 18 from the line.
However, the Lady Pirates still have some work to do between now and Tuesday’s game at Kirksville after hitting only 19 of 55 shots from the field for 35 percent.
JV TEAM DROPS ANOTHER TOUGH ONE
The Boonville Lady Pirates JV basketball team had another tough loss Friday night at the hands f the Mexico Bulldogs, 37-33.
While the Lady Pirates trailed throughout the game as Mexico led 23-16 at the half, a second-half rally by Boonville brought the Lady Pirates back to within four.
“Our defense once again was aggressive and kept us in the game against Mexico,” said Boonville JV coach Ashley Freese. “The girls are struggling on offense because they are rushing it and not allowing it to be ran through for good shots. When they take their time they get really good looks from their offense.”
Lawren Luscombe had the high game for Boonville, who dropped to 3-8 on the season, with eight points. Luscombe also pulled down four rebounds.
Madison Lenz finished the game with six points, five rebounds and two steals while Grace Bronakowksi added five points, three rebounds, one steal and one assist, Jalyn Schnetzler with four points, four steals, two assists and one rebound, Zoe Coffelt with three points, four rebounds and two steals and Jacey Fenton with two points and two rebounds.
For Mexico, Mackenzie Davis had 11 points and Morgan Bledsoe with 10.